NeoNova grows its rural broadband footprint with latest acquisition

Published on: April 2, 2019

Published by WRAL TechWire on April 2nd, 2019 NeoNova, the Triangle-based company that provides a variety of support services to rural Internet broadband supported, is expanding its network with another acquisition. The firm, which is owned by the National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative, is buying the Iowa-based SecurityCoverage. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but NeoNova said the company …

Daines supports improving rural broadband

Published on: April 1, 2019

Published by Independent Record on April 1st, 2019 By Bridget Holland  Without access to broadband internet, students are unable to keep up in the classroom, patients are denied the promise of telemedicine tools and rural businesses are locked out of the global economy. Thankfully, U.S. Sen. Steve Daines stood up for rural America when he wrote a letter to the …

Fauquier High sophomore a rural broadband advocate

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Published by Fauquier Now on April 1st, 2019 By Cassandra Brown  At just 16 years old, the Fauquier High School sophomore has spoken at a Microsoft event and attended a presidential Farm Bill signing at the White House. Those opportunities resulted from McKenzie Hurley’s involvement in Fauquier High’s FFA club, a national youth organization that teaches leadership through agriculture education. …

Wendy Lazarus: Advocate for Children, Pioneer Among Women

Published on: March 28, 2019

Editor’s note: In honor of Women’s History Month, we are profiling the women at Connected Nation. From leadership roles to internship positions, these women are using their skills and experiences at every level of the organization to fulfill our mission to expand broadband access, adoption, and use to all people. (March 28, 2019) – Wendy Lazarus is the kind of …

Broadband Access, the Difference Between Can and Do

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The following was published in Dairy Business on March 28, 2019 by Megan Nelson, Economic Analyst How an FCC Survey Question May Overstate Broadband Access in Rural America At issue in the rural broadband debate is the way in which internet service providers are asked if they provide internet services to customers. The survey question posed to services providers is …

The Dismal Career Opportunities for Military Spouses

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Editor’s Note: The Atlantic has done a great job in the below report illustrating the plight our nation’s military families face. Many military spouses are struggling to find stable, well-paying jobs simply because their husbands or wives are active duty. Connected Nation recognized this need and, in late 2018, launched a version of our job training and placement program, Digital …

Leaders demand more rural broadband access; Governor says time to ‘force this to happen’

Published on: March 27, 2019

Published by WRAL TechWire on March 27, 2019 By Mindy Hamlin  RALEIGH – Broadband was the word of the day at the North Carolina Rural Center’s Rural Day. More than 600 state and local leaders and community advocates gathered in downtown Raleigh yesterday to discuss broadband, as well as health and small business development as priorities for growth and success …

Ivey to headline Alabama Summit on Rural Technology

Published on: March 25, 2019

Published by The West Alabama Watchman on March 25, 2019 LIVINGSTON, Ala.—The University of West Alabama has joined with AT&T to announce the second annual Alabama Summit on Rural Technology, set for April 12 on the UWA campus in Livingston, with Governor Kay Ivey delivering the keynote address. The event features a broad slate of experts who bring unique perspectives to …

Bill to use coops to expand broadband

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Published by The DailyAdvance.com By Jon Hawley  Area lawmakers are backing new legislation that would help electric cooperatives offer broadband internet. Rep. Howard Hunter III, D-Hertford, is a primary sponsor of House Bill 387, which was introduced Tuesday and would remove restrictions on electric membership corporations supporting or providing broadband internet. Other primary sponsors include Republican House Reps. Dean Arp, John …

Legislative push to boost broadband funding underway

Published on: March 21, 2019

Published by The Timberjay on March 21, 2019 By Marcus White REGIONAL—Minnesota’s Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development, or DEED, urged lawmakers this week to reinstate the Border-to-Border grant program for rural broadband. At a press conference on Wednesday, Commissioner Steve Grove said legislation currently in the works would put $70 million into the program with $35 …